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Tlingit armor

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

Tllingit body arrmor

The Tlingit Indians are a prominent Native American group who still live in southeast Alaska. The armor of the 19th-century Tlingit is notable for its expert construction and expressive artistry.

The Tlingit body armor demonstrates a late-19th-century convergence of three cultures: the beautifully crafted armor is covered in Chinese coins the Tlingit received in trade from Boston sea merchants in exchange for sea otter pelts.

Suits of armor highlight the importance of war, art and trade in the lives o